Bookstore Scheltema will move in the first half of 2015 to the Rokin after being on the Koningsplein for 30 years. The new location will be Rokin 9-15, near the exit of the future Noord-Zuidlijn.
The bookstore has signed the contract today, with investor the Emmes Group, who will own the building as well. The new Scheltema-building on the Rokin 9-15 named ‘de Roos’ (after the art dealer and auction house C.F. Roos & Co v that was located there), is right next to the future Marks & Spencer on the corner of the Rokin and the Nes. The Rokin is undergoing an extensive renovation at the moment, with as goal to create shopping ‘de rode loper’ . Part of the plan is a wide walking area with trees and terraces.
Harold Zwaal, director of Scheltema: ‘Since being rescued by Novamedia earlier this year Scheltema is on the rise again. Because the rental agreement on the Koningsplein was definitively ending, we had to look for a new place. We will renovate this building from 1911 in a sustainable manner. Beside the largest collection of books in Amsterdam we want to create a place where you can work quietly, read a book or have something to eat and drink. We will also continue to organise events to promote books.’
Scheltema was represented by P van den Bosch Commercial real estate agents.
With this move Scheltema returns to the place where it once started. Founder J.H. Scheltema started on the 6th of June 1853 a bookstore on the corner of the Beurssteeg and the Kromelleboogsteeg, what later was called Rokin. Starting 1885 the store was, for a number of years, situated on the Rokin 74-76. Scheltema was, since its founding, part of a number of mergers and takeovers, amongst which Selexyz and Polare. In 2014 Novamedia has given Scheltema a restart.